Gerald “Bingo” Hackman, 79, of Brownstown passed away Thursday, June 1, 2017, at his home.
Born Oct. 18, 1937, he was the son of Walter and Emma Hageman Hackman, both of whom preceded him in death. On May 26, 1957, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Sauers, he married Jeanette Stivers, who survives in Brownstown.
He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Sauers, where he served on numerous church committees. He was a 1955 graduate of Tampico High School. He was a school bus driver for 55 years and was recognized by Brownstown Central Community School Corp. for 52 years of service and dedication, driving Bus No. 14. He dearly loved his bus route and loved greeting the children with a smile each morning. He also was a dairy and grain farmer, worked as a security guard at Aisin Drivetrain in Crothersville and served in the Indiana National Guard.
He was known as “Bingo” to his many friends and also known for his laughter and joking manner, as he never met a stranger. He also enjoyed telling funny stories with his friends. He loved his family and was especially proud of his grandchildren. He was an avid dartball player with Sauers E Dartball Team and would wear his favorite “good luck” shirt to all his dartball games.
Other survivors include a son, Kevin Andrew Hackman of Brownstown; a daughter, Kathy (Mark) Thompson of Columbus; three brothers, Everett Hackman, Willard (Linda) Hackman and Richard (Nina) Hackman, all of Brownstown; two sisters, Arlene Rieckers of Seymour and Betty (Jerry) Lucas of Columbus; two grandchildren, Andy (Coleigh) Hackman and Korey Thompson; three great-grandchildren, Korben Thompson, Korbin King and Krew Willis Hackman; sister-in-law, Connie Hackman; and several nieces and nephews.
Besides both parents, he also was preceded in death by a brother, Glen Hackman and three sisters, Fern Hackman, Myrtle Sweany and Carol McCrary.
The funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. today at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Sauers, with Pastor Craig Muhlbach officiating. Interment will be at the church cemetery.
Spurgeon Funeral Home in Brownstown handled the arrangements.
Memorials may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church, Sauers Building Expansion Fund, Schneck Medical Center Hospice, Don & Dana Myers Cancer Center and Brownstown Central School Transportation Department.
Memorials and condolences may be shared at spurgeonfh.com.